It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable” - Seneca
This quote is something that I've been listening to myself say in a consistent manner for the past months without fail. After having a mental performance coach/hypnotist on our podcast a month or so back, I have been consistently listening to myself, say the phrase “It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable” on a continuous loop through personal hypnosis.
This quote from Seneca at first seems to have an obvious message, however, when you look at it a little bit closer, you can see there is more than meets the eye to it.
The world that we live in has trials and tribulations. There are things consistently that can be for us in a good sense and a negative sense, however, there is never a time in our lives where we should get too high or too low on the situation.
During this hypnosis, I’ve been visualizing a moving line chart where the scale goes from negative 10 to positive 10 as a metaphor for my mood. Since hearing this quote and listening to myself, say it over and over again during hypnosis I have been able to keep myself at a “1-2” on my imaginary line chart.
What I'm trying to do is temper my expectations with a little bit of hope, but never get too high or too low. They're going to be things that bother you on a daily basis, but what I've learned from stoicism is the impact that having negative visualization with a little bit of tempered hope can do on how you're feeling.
I've had a really a good few weeks when it comes to content creation and I think it's because I'm on a steady stream of how I feel. I don't get up to a 10 and I don't let myself go below a -1 or -2 because as the quote has convinced me in this form of hypnosis, it is the power of the mind to be unconquerable and nothing will bother me enough to fall below a -1.
Now, I know am talking in the bluntest form possible because I am trying to convince myself this is the case but I know there are going to be lows in life that I'm sure will hit me more than a -1. The loss of a loved one or something similar will hit me hard as I am only human.
But as Epictetus talks about in The Art of Living the negative or positive emotions we have only come from our perception of a situation. If you have a loved one who is going through something do your best to view it as if it was someone else's loved one who is going through that thing.
If you view something from the light of extreme attachment, you're going to have an attachment to the same negative feelings. However, if you view it from the light of it is a situation happening in the world and there are a myriad of those happening at all times it helps a little to prevent that negative feeling from overtaking your decision-making and how you go about your day.
I don't want you to suppress your emotions by any means and that’s not what I'm advocating for in this newsletter. However, I wanted to share this analogy and quotes on this podcast is it has actually helped me a lot in the past month or so to stay focused on my goals and get me excited about life.
There's been something positive about being at a constant one or two, and focusing on the present moment with an understanding that it is the power of the mind to be unconquerable. Getting outside of that focused frame of mind is something I am not going to let happen.
Have an awesome week!
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